Professional Development Series for New Faculty
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Archive of NFDS schedules for previous years.
Addressing the Need: In 2007, the Teaching Excellence Center (TEC) created a two-semester orientation program that provides the new faculty, instructors, and visiting professors with the following four components (* the TEC will coordinate these components):
Each instructional unit will reserve the same
each week for new faculty development (For 2012, alternate Fridays from
- 1:30). The Teaching Excellence Center will schedule events
throughout the year that highlight the four areas above.
Examples of TEC-coordinated components:
Benefits of the proposed program:
anticipate that this dedicated time will become a safe and supportive
environment, where new faculty can work with peers and experienced
faculty to facilitate their development as effective members of the SFA
Background: Prior to the 2007-2008 academic year, new faculty members received a two-day fall-semester orientation that introduced them to individuals from various campus offices that provide services of which faculty should be aware. This orientation culminated with a social that was a first step toward helping them meet others from the SFA community and become part of that community themselves. However, once the semester began, there were no systematic development programs for new faculty. They could seek advice from colleagues or attend teaching circles or workshops provided by the Teaching Excellence Center, OIT, etc. While such approaches were useful, many new faculty members felt overwhelmed and too pressed for time to avail themselves of such services. We believed that a more comprehensive program would promote faculty effectiveness and increase overall new faculty retention.